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The Key Smartcard

Buy or renew season tickets online with the Key Smartcard

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The Key Smartcard offers an easier and faster way to buy, renew and use train tickets, compared to paper tickets. It’s completely free, won’t wear out, and comes with lots of additional benefits and rewards.

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What are the benefits of the Key Smartcard?


Save time

Save time by buying and renewing your season ticket online



We’ll create Delay Repay claims automatically
for you  


Peace of mind

If your card is lost or stolen, we’ll block it and replace it for free



Get the chance to win back the value of your season ticket

How do I use the Key Smartcard?


Register and purchase your ticket online

Your card will arrive in the post


Go to your station, and tap in with your Key card


Enjoy your journey with Southern!

Register for the Key Smartcard, so you can save time by purchasing your season ticket online.

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Got some questions? Take a look at some frequently asked questions about using The Key Smartcard for train travel.

Where can I use the Key Smartcard?

Where can I use The Key Smartcard?

You can travel by train with The Key Smartcard at most stations on the Great Northern, Southern and Thameslink network, and you can travel on Gatwick Express services if your ticket is valid on that service.

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The Key Smartcard is extending!

Smart Season tickets are now available for travel on Southern and Southeastern services to Tonbridge, Ashford International and beyond!

Can I buy tickets for the Key Smartcard from my station’s ticket office?

Coming to ticket offices in 2020

Thameslink, Southern, and Great Northern ticket offices will be upgraded to be able to issue Key Smartcards and sell Smart tickets. Keep checking our website for updates.

The Key Smartcard Kiosks have arrived

If you don’t already have a Key Smartcard, you can get one today at one of the stations listed here using our new Key Smartcard Kiosk, so there is no need to wait for your card in the post.

How do automatic delay repay notifications work?

We compare where you tapped in and out, with how long your journey normally would take you. If it looks like you have been delayed for 15 minutes or more, we’ll create a claim for you. You will get an email notification of this, if you’ve opted in to receive emails, or log on to your account and simply hit ‘Claim’, and tell us how you’re like to be paid.

Is it right for me?

Which smart ticketing product is best for me? Compare The Key Smartcard and KeyGo bolt on feature.

Tickets available Key Smartcard KeyGo
Buy weekly, monthly or annual season tickets online Yes No
Weekly, monthly or annual Travelcard season tickets for the Tube, buses, trams, trains and the Docklands Light Railway Yes No
Anytime single and return tickets Yes No
*Off-Peak single and return tickets Yes No
Pay as you go No Yes

*Pay as you go on Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Southern and Thameslink.

Do I need to have an ID card with me, when travelling with the Key Smartcard?

For season tickets held on The Key Smartcard, you may need to produce identification to prove that the card is yours. Suitable forms of identification include a pink photocard (which can be obtained from ticket offices), a passport or driving licence. If you are using your Key Smartcard for train travel on another operator’s services, you will need to obtain a pink photocard if you don’t already hold one.

Use your Key Smartcard to access Cycle Hubs

You can find cycle hub storage at the following stations:

  • Brighton
  • Horsham
  • Dorking
  • Haywards Heath
  • Lewes

How to access a cycle hub

Simply present your Key Smartcard, or use the push button release, to access the cycle hub.

Sign up for our Key Smartcard and you can top up with tickets for travelling on Southern services and have access to the station cycle hubs for free.

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Need to know more?

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